Rambling, but gloriously celebrates the triumph of the talents and art of old men even in the most deprived and depressing of circumstances.
| Original Score: 7/10
Makes up for its lack of informational depth with stirring poignancy.
Like The Buena Vista Social Club, to which it has been compared, the film's great strength is its performance footage.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Mostly On The Rumba River works best when it sticks to the musical performances, which Sarin films in lengthy scenes built from extreme close-ups of lips, fingers and sweaty skin.
| Original Score: B
You don’t have to be a fan of African tunes to appreciate Jacques Sarasin’s heartfelt ode to Congolese music and its resilient practitioners.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
An introduction to singer/songwriter Papa Wendo Kolosoy that leaves us feeling like he's an acquaintance we'd like to meet properly.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jacques Sarasin's documentary about the legendary Congolese singer Wendo Kolosoy is a big, mellow jam of a film--a must-see for world-music fans.
On the Rumba River illuminates a culture's means of political response via communal expression through music.
| Original Score: 3/4
As a filmmaker, Sarasin has an extraordinarily light touch.
The Kinshasa Social Club, if you get my drift.
Totally winning documentary that can best be described as the Congolese version of "Buena Vista Social Club". A loving portrait of the reemergence of an 83 year old master musician.
Delightful music alternates with too-brief interviews with Wendo and his colleagues. On the Rumba River cries out for narration to help viewers understand the tragic context of his life.
| Original Score: 2/4
Director Jacques Sarasin's refusal to supply more than scraps of context -- either about the performers or the politics of the civil-war-torn region -- renders the film narratively limp.
| Original Score: 3/6